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9 Unique Ways to Give Polartec

clairewsmiley 9 months ago
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You can’t go wrong with performance fabrics.

Photo: Adam Clark

Finding the perfect gift for that person who seems to have it all is tough. But you can’t go wrong with Polartec’s collection of performance fabrics. Whether your special someone wants to stay dry, warm, or cool, there’s a solution made with Polartec fabrics. Scroll down to see our favorite unique picks.

Mission Workshop The Gannet

San Francisco’s Mission Workshop shows the versatility of Polartec Power Stretch Pro. This paneled sweatshirt is perfect for the city dweller who’s always on the go. Two zippered pockets stash the necessities while elbow patches reinforce durability. The thick, soft, breathable, and water-resistent Polartec fabric helps create a refined, versatile piece that performs from morning meetings to the evening commute.

J.Crew Women’s Half-Zip Sweatshirt

Performance meets style with this new winter layer from J.Crew. Any lady on your list will appreciate the high neck, on-trend fabric (shearling is in!), and feminine cut. You can’t go wrong with gifting fleecy warmth without weight.

Galway Bay NeoShell Jacket and Pants

This is the perfect gift for the golfer in your life. Galway Bay was founded by a golfer who was tired of the subpar options for golf weather protection. Using breathable waterproof Polartec NeoShell, Galway Bay appropriately calls their signature Jacket and Pant, “All Weather.” The breathability means these pieces can be worn when it’s 70 degrees and sunny on the course and when the downpour comes with equal comfort. Best of all, the light stretch of the fabric moves with that swing. This is the only waterproof golf system made from Polartec NeoShell — the perfect surprise waiting under the tree!

Oiselle Kara Sweatshirt and Pants

This is a winning pick for the running devotee in your life. Oiselle uses extra soft Polartec Thermal Pro in the Kara Sweatshirt and Pant, designed with input from, and named after, Olympian Kara Goucher. This is not your average track suit. Expertly finished on the exterior and interior, the fabric feels wonderful against the skin after a hard workout but looks refined enough for post-run coffee. Oiselle’s careful design equates to a drape that compliments all body types and never looks slouchy.

Stio Basis Power Wool Base Layers for Men, Women, and Kids

Stio’s new Basis Power Wool base layer collection is the first to have the whole family covered. The innovative bi-plated fabric (100% merino wool against the skin, polyester on the exterior face) harnesses the best of each fiber. The wool wicks moisture away from the skin while quick-drying polyester adds strength and durability. The fabric’s grid backer traps warm air while the increased surface area makes for faster drying. Best of all, the entire collection is sewn in the U.S. Anyone who loves winter activities on your list, regardless of age, will love to get a Basis Power Wool piece the holiday season.

Outlier Alphacharge Snap Bandana

Call it the urban approach to a balaclava. Outlier’s Alphacharge Snap Bandana is perfect for the cold-weather city dweller on your list. 60g Polartec Alpha breathable insulation is sandwiched between a lightweight merino wool backer, giving the face protection from icy elements while still allowing easy breathability, and gives any winter warrior a dose of style.

Strafe Outerwear Eden Jacket

Designed for female skiers, this is a well-built, well-designed “do-it-all” jacket. Strafe Outerwear’s new Eden Jacket uses three Polartec fabrics to create a piece that works all season long. From blue bird days to white-outs, the combination of Polartec NeoShell, Polartec Alpha, and Polartec Power Dry, will keep your favorite skier warm and dry on groomers and in the backcountry.

Kitsbow Trials Softshell Waterproof Jacket

Any mountain biker will appreciate the versatility of Kitsbow’s Trails Softshell Waterproof Jacket. Made with breathable Polartec NeoShell, this lightweight, durable piece has all the features you want with none of the excess. Because of the inherent breathability, this jacket works in a wide range of temperatures, depending on how the trail lover in your life layers underneath. The tailored fit means it looks just as good at the coffee shop as it does on the trails.

Outdoor Research Lodestar Gloves

Outdoor Research calls these, “The gloves that everyone needs.” For avid out-of-bounds skiers, The Lodestar perfectly combines greater breathability with water-resistance, thanks to Polartec Power Shield. Plus Outdoor Research has refined the fit, using their 3DFit Technology™ and included touchscreen-compatible leather palms. That checks all the boxes, making these gloves the perfect stocking stuffer.


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